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Old 04-15-2021, 01:54 PM
 
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I have misdemeanor prescription drug charge and a petty theft from same occurrence. I have a clean record other then that. I went through a dark time 3 years ago. Now, I started as a temp at a medical billing and they really liked me these past 3 months and decided to hire me full time. I signed the offer letter and then they send me the background info request for the criminal history. They had never asked me before so I didn’t tell them. Now I have to go to hr in morning with my boss to discuss it. Does this mean they will let me go? I have proven that I am dependable and a very hard worker. What information do I tell them? What can they ask me? Do they already have all the details?
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:35 PM
 
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When it comes to background checks, honesty is the best policy. Hide something and it will come back to bite you in the butt.

If they ask you about criminal history, tell them.

If you need to explain, just tell them you went through a dark period in your life, and you have overcome. Tell them you have proven yourself to be dependable and trustworthy, and that's evidence that you have overcome.
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:10 PM
 
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I'd be honest, but don't make it bigger than it is by going on too much about it. Just state what happened and say how sorry you are it happened. People give others a chance when they know they've learned something from it and want to move on from it.
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Old 04-16-2021, 01:06 PM
 
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Did this happen in the same county your working at? Usually they check those counties. Employers are most concerned with felonies, so if it's a minor misdemeanor offense, it probably won't be cause for much concern. What did the lawyer do for you representing the case? Did it start with serious charges, and then you took a plea deal?
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Old 04-16-2021, 01:35 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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It does depend on the job and employer, some don't even do a background check. Those that do usually look for red flags raised by the opportunities of the job. For example, a store might not like the petty theft, and a law enforcement agency, factory with dangerous equipment, or trucking company might not like the drug charge.
For medical billing work it doesn't seem to be an issue, unless they have a blanket ban on hiring anyone with any record. Here HR runs the background check after the provisional offer has been accepted, and the hiring manager will be contacted to make the decision if borderline. Best of luck on it.
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Old 04-16-2021, 02:00 PM
 
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Can I work in the medical field with a larceny misdemeanor?
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Old 04-16-2021, 08:38 PM
 
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I'm dubious that the OP will return to check on these answers, but with a misdemeanor in most cases it's up to the employer. The fact that they are calling you in to ask about it is a good sign. They want to be reassured that it was a one time thing and that you were at a different point in your life, but you have changed.

I interviewed a great candidate one time, but she came back with minor drug charges 10 years in the past. My managers said it didn't bar her from employment with us, but I could still reject her if I didn't feel comfortable with it. I chose to hire her and she turned out to be great. Since it was 10 years in the past, I didn't even ask her about it.
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Old 04-16-2021, 09:04 PM
 
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I have misdemeanor prescription drug charge and a petty theft from same occurrence. I have a clean record other then that. I went through a dark time 3 years ago. Now, I started as a temp at a medical billing and they really liked me these past 3 months and decided to hire me full time. I signed the offer letter and then they send me the background info request for the criminal history. They had never asked me before so I didn’t tell them. Now I have to go to hr in morning with my boss to discuss it. Does this mean they will let me go? I have proven that I am dependable and a very hard worker. What information do I tell them? What can they ask me? Do they already have all the details?
This story doesn't make sense. How did you get this temp job without a background check to begin with? Temp jobs now not only require a background check but drug testing too.
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Old 04-17-2021, 01:37 AM
 
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Too late to get an Expungement? Your attorney should have at least informed you about that in regards to future employment.
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